Testing a Reading Idea for Special Ed
The idea uses text with a vowel sound color code. You can find some examples at :
You won't like it. Not one little bit.
It's for people with reading trouble, and teachers tend to be fluent readers. You guys hate this stuff because you don't need it yourselves, and that's part of the problem I want to solve. The other part of the problem is that there is practically no research on this topic.
On the other hand, I know that you guys are desperate and frustrated. Nothing really works for reading trouble, and I have something. Text that looks like a bag of jellybeans fell on it, but it does make it easier for struggling readers to sound out words. It does work for word-stumblers and slow decoders, but it has no impact whatsoever on dyslexia; and as I said, fluent readers hate it.
Kids love it. This much I can prove. Go to www.soundcityreading.com for an emergent reader's version of the same idea. The site is owned by Kathy Davis, a retired teacher with the same idea as mine; we worked on some projects a year ago. She's a total professional, and her stuff is as good or better than the stuff textbook companies sell.
Now I have the question to ask you guys. How do I, an education outsider, get this idea properly researched? Believe me, I've tried everything I could think of without success, including local universities, school boards and prison reading websites.